As springtime edges closer on our calendars you’re probably itching to spend some time outside in the warm weather. One of the ways you can do this is by completing a variety of springtime projects in your backyard. Not only will this provide you with an opportunity to spend time outdoors, but by the end, you’ll have something to enhance your yard, impress your neighbors, and take pride in, knowing you did it all yourself.
Of course, to help with your springtime projects, you’re probably going to need a lot of dirt. Fill dirt, as you’ll soon learn, can be applied on a variety of different springtime projects, making it the ideal form of dirt for backyard construction, retaining-walls, and terrace gardens alike. Read our list of top springtime projects and learn about what fill dirt can do for your backyard creations.
Build A Shed
If you don’t already have a shed, you’re missing out on a great storage opportunity. Shed’s are a great way to store all of your outdoor necessities so they stay safe from the weather, but also so they aren’t visible and ruin the ambiance of your backyard. To build your shed, the first thing you’re going to need to do is to build a sturdy foundation.
Thanks to its unique composition that allows for it to be tightly compacted and trusted to stay in place, fill dirt is ideal for building the foundation of a backyard shed. If you were to use ordinary dirt from your backyard, you would likely have problems of future shifting due to the presence of organic matter. Organic matter breaks down over time, and as a result, the dirt around it shifts. Fill dirt, in contrast, has been screened to ensure that it lacks organic matter, which is why this material is so advantageous to use to create your foundation.
Start out by leveling the land. You need to make sure you have a completely flat surface for your shed to sit on, otherwise, you’re going to have a serious problem when constructing your shed. Fill dirt can be used to build up certain areas to create this totally flat space. Once you have a level surface, you want to place down about an inch of fill dirt and then tightly compact it. From here, you can begin to use cinder blocks and wooden planks to complete the construction of your shed.
Create A Waterfall
One of the best springtime projects that can update your landscape is to build a backyard waterfall. It can make your backyard feel more luxurious and serene, transforming it into a peaceful getaway. You can also completely customize your waterfall so it can have the look you desire and fit into the landscape of your yard. Whether you’re building a big or small waterfall, you only need a few materials. Most importantly, you need a water pump, the rocks or other objects to create the path of the water, and some fill dirt to keep it all in place.
There are many types of waterfalls that can be built to include a pond waterfall, pool waterfall, object waterfall, and stream and rock waterfalls. One of the easier waterfalls to construct is the pond waterfall. This waterfall is relatively simple in its structure because all your doing is having a raised area for water to fall down into your pond. To achieve this, you just have to place your pond pump at the top of where you want the waterfall to be, and it will naturally trickle down into your pond.
Pond waterfalls can be created with stones or rocks to create the appearance you desire. However it’s important to make sure that any stones you place sit on a sturdy surface. This is where fill dirt comes in, as you won’t have to worry about anything that is placed on top of it shifting or sinking. You don’t want to put in all the hard work and effort into building your beautiful pond waterfall, to only have to constantly be rearranging the stones or rocks because the dirt underneath has shifted them.
Reduce Rainwater Flooding
Backyard flooding after heavy rain storms can be extremely inconvenient and can eventually cause serious problems if it is not properly taken care of. In addition to damaging the plants in your backyard, it can also create a breeding ground for mosquitoes, and even cause problems to your house’s foundation.
Luckily, using some fill dirt to change the grade of your land can easily fix the problem. Start off by finding the high point and the low point of your drainage problem. Once you have determined this, you can use fill dirt to raise up the low point so that it is level with the high point. Top it off with a expertly crafted retaining wall and you’ll have the coolest backyard in town!
Create a backyard terrace
One of many extremely popular springtime projects is creating a backyard terrace. This can add dimension to your backyard and allow you to get creative with it’s overall design. Backyard terraces can be decorated with stones, plants, flowers, or even turned into a waterfall.
Building a terrace is relatively simple, you just need the help of a little fill dirt. The best place to create a terrace is an area that already has a slight slope. You want to start by cutting into the ground to create what appears to be “steps”. Use fill dirt along the way to make sure that these steps are well enforced and will keep their shape over time.
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We hope this short list of springtime projects has inspired you to consider what you can create with fill dirt in your own backyard. To learn more about what fill dirt can do for your backyard projects, or to schedule a free fill dirt delivery to your Maryland or Virginia home construction site, contact Dirt Connections today!